case·​load | \ ˈkās-ˌlōd How to pronounce caseload (audio) \

Definition of caseload

: the number of cases handled (as by a court or clinic) usually in a particular period

Examples of caseload in a Sentence

We have a heavy caseload today.
Recent Examples on the Web This stagnation of funds, coupled with rising caseloads, has many nonprofits worried, said Gian-Carl Casa, president and CEO of the alliance. Keith M. Phaneuf,, "While nonprofits seek state aid, Gov. Ned Lamont steers them to private donors," 7 Nov. 2019 While primarily developed to help probationers and defendants, Checkups also potentially would reduce the caseload for county probation departments. Diego Mendoza-moyers,, "Entrepreneur uses run-in with the law to build the ‘Checkups’ application," 1 Nov. 2019 In fact, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office handles 52% of all felony cases in Michigan and the 10th largest in the United States by caseload. Maryann Struman, Detroit Free Press, "Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy offers peek into inner workings of her office," 15 Oct. 2019 Overwhelming caseloads for investigators, insufficient training on best practices for law enforcement officers and prosecutors, as well as a hesitancy to tackle complicated and time-intensive cases were all part of the problem, the study found. Sarah Horner, Twin Cities, "Roseville police to hire full-time detective to tackle to sexual assaults," 24 Sep. 2019 The district agreed to hire 26 more special education teachers to help lower caseloads next school year. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego Unified teachers to get 4% pay increase with new contract," 21 June 2019 And while Teller Court District Court Judge Scott Sells is busy for the next weeks with trial, the court’s normal docket had to be moved to the only other courtroom in the building and retired judges will be called to handle the caseload. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "Kelsey Berreth murder case: Small town, 115-year-old courthouse brace for high-profile trial of Patrick Frazee," 1 Nov. 2019 The closures have increased the caseload for Fund Texas Choice, a statewide nonprofit. Washington Post, "For some Texans, nearest abortion clinic is 250 miles away," 9 Sep. 2019 The department is formulating policies to lessen the caseloads of internal affairs investigators, according to court filings submitted as part of the consent agreement. Jessica Anderson,, "Baltimore Police struggle to investigate their own, new consent decree report says," 23 July 2019

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1923, in the meaning defined above

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8 Dec 2019

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“Caseload.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of caseload

: the number or amount of cases handled by a court, social worker, etc.


case·​load | \ ˈkās-ˌlōd How to pronounce caseload (audio) \

Medical Definition of caseload

: the number of cases handled (as by a clinic) in a particular period


case·​load | \ ˈkās-ˌlōd How to pronounce caseload (audio) \

Legal Definition of caseload

: the number of cases handled (as by a court or a lawyer) often in a particular period

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